Jessica Li is a writer, director and actor.
Her writing style can be described as intimate, contained and efficient, with her filmmaking interests including social-realist dramas, comedies, romance, thrillers and speculative sci-fi.
Her debut short, Mother Tongue, follows two Chinese-Australian sisters and their Ma as they grapple with intrafamilial language barriers, cultural detachment and the post-immigration experience. Mother Tongue premiered at the Melbourne Women in Film Festival in 2021, where it was the recipient of both the Best National Next Gen Film Award and the Programmer’s Choice: Best Victorian Next Gen Film Award, as well as the Critic’s Choice Award. Other accolades include receiving Best Drama at Freshflix Festival in Sydney and Best Emerging Filmmaker at the Setting Sun Film Festival.
Jessica crews extensively, predominantly working within the producing, assistant directing, script supervising and casting departments.
Jessica is a recent graduate of the First Break Victoria program.
She is based in Melbourne, Victoria, where she is currently developing her first feature.
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